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Guidance for construction workers injured by faulty safety gear

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2024 | Personal Injury Law

Construction employees are the backbone of the ever-growing infrastructure in many Washington cities. However, it’s a high-risk occupation, and accidents frequently occur — often leaving workers with catastrophic, life-changing injuries.

A common cause of construction accidents is safety equipment failure. But who pays when an equipment defect causes an employee to suffer injury? Understanding your rights and potential avenues for compensation is crucial.

Defective safety equipment

Faulty gear, ranging from fall arrest harnesses to protective eyewear, can result in severe injuries or even fatalities. Workplace incidents stemming from faulty equipment often lead to grave injuries that demand urgent medical care.

Below are some examples of injuries that may arise due to equipment failure:

  • Severe lacerations and cuts
  • Electrocution and burn injuries
  • Hearing and vision damage
  • Amputations and disfigurement
  • Head and brain trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Significant tendon and nerve damage

In the wake of severe injuries, you can expect a cascade of potential hardships, from loss of work capacity to a lifetime of expensive medical bills. You will need every cent you are due to meet these challenges.

Compensation for your harm

Under Washington law, injured workers are usually limited to financial recovery through the workers’ compensation system. However, when injuries occur from defective equipment, you have other options.

You might have grounds for a third-party lawsuit against the equipment manufacturer or another party. If successful, it could maximize your compensation beyond what you receive in your workers’ comp claim. With experienced legal guidance, you can explore all of your compensation alternatives when a construction accident leaves you with severe injuries.